Monday, January 18, 2010

The Golden Globe Award: Now Worth Its Weight in Unobtainium

Surely you're making a funny, United States of America Today dot com:

Having secured its first major best-picture award this weekend, Avatar ignites an Oscar race that has had no clear front-runner.

And, depending on whom you ask, it still doesn't.

Though James Cameron's sci-fi soap opera nabbed the best-drama prize Sunday at the Golden Globes ...
The phrasing isn't as clear as one would hope, but I think this passage indicates that Avatar won the Golden Globe for Best Drama.

That's not funny, United States of America Today dot com, and yet it appears to be the truth of the matter. It can only encourage more concoctions of cinematic offal served up beneath a veneer of magnificent, life-altering, mind-blowing, bug-out-your-eyes, go-ahead-and-kill-me-now-for-life-can-only-get-worse-from-here visual effects.

We were, of course, assured of this in any case, but now we have it established that a shitty movie that looks cool can rightly expect critical acclaim up to and including prestigious awards.

Well done, Golden Globe voters. You're right, of course. Avatar was a better dramatic film than The Hurt Locker. It was a better film than Inglourious Basterds. It was a better film than Precious. It was a better film than Up in the Air. Of course! Rest easy! Future observers of the history of film won't laugh at your judgment, not even a little bit.

(Cf. part I, part II, part III)


Ginx said...

Not like they did a better job of handing out Nobel's this year, either... it's just been a bad year for judgment.

Dale said...

Ginx, truly. It has been one for the ages. We collectively are making a huge funny for the people of the future! Yay us!

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know "The Hurt Locker" existed until watching the Oscars.